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Star Wars Miniatures
ManufacturerWizards of the Coast
PublisherWizards of the Coast
Publication date2005
Years active2005-2010
Genre(s)Strategy
Players2 and up
Age range12 and up
Setup time< 10 minutes
Playing timeappr. 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours
Random chanceMedium-High
Skills requiredStrategy, Planning


Star Wars Miniatures is a collectible miniatures tabletop game based on the Star Wars fictional universe and produced by Wizards of the Coast. The game was originally released in September 2004 and has since been cancelled by Wizards of the Coast. Star Wars Miniatures players build point-based squads from one of ten different in-universe factions then conduct battles between those squads. The game mechanics are a simplified version of the d20 roleplaying game system. Multiple maps, scenarios, and set themes from different settings and time periods from within the Star Wars universe are available.


HistoryEdit

Star Wars Miniatures figures
Several figures from the Star Wars Miniatures game
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Star Wars Miniatures premiered on September 3, 2004. The first set, Rebel Storm, was released at that time[1] and was followed up by Clone Strike, which came out December 4, 2004[2]. April 9, 2005 brought the third set release, titled Revenge of the Sith[3], with the Universe expansion set in August that year[4]. Later Champions of the Force was released on June 10, 2006[5]. The Bounty Hunters set was released in September 2006[6], followed by Starships Battles in November[7]. The special 30th anniversary set, Alliance and Empire, was released May 2007[8]. The Force Unleashed set was released in November 2007. Legacy of the Force was released on March 28, 2008. Followed by Knights of the Old Republic and The Clone Wars, released in August, 2008 and Noveermber, 2008, respectively. The first nine sets released had featured 60 fully-constructed and fully-painted miniature figures from different eras and settings of the Star Wars timeline, which changed with The Clone Wars, dropping the number to 40.

Accompanying the first three sets was a scenario book called Ultimate Missions. Each book contained a double-sided map and a series of scenarios. Ultimate Missions: Rebel Storm included scenarios drawn from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, along with the associated radio dramas. Ultimate Missions: Clone Strike drew its scenarios from The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Ultimate Missions: Revenge of the Sith covered Revenge of the Sith. The Ultimate Missions series was discontinued after Revenge of the Sith in favor of scenario packs such as Attack on Endor.

On November 11, 2005 a special AT-AT Imperial Walker Colossal Pack was released, which came with the AT-AT.[9] The AT-AT is scaled correctly to the other miniatures[citation needed], and stands at fourteen inches high and eighteen inches long[9].

On February 2006, the Attack on Endor set was released. This set consists of an AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport), an Imperial Stormtrooper, Imperial Stormtrooper Officer and an Imperial Scout Trooper. Also included are two double-sided maps and a scenario book. No Ewoks are included.

Star Wars Miniatures in play
A game of Star Wars Miniatures in progress.
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GameplayEdit

In Star Wars Miniatures, ten different factions are available for play. They are Rebels, Imperial, Republic, Separatist, New Republic, Yuuzhan Vong, Old Republic, Sith, Mandalorian, and Fringe. Each game requires that each player chooses one of the above factions to play as and then builds a squad using miniatures from that faction. The only exception is Fringe, which is a "neutral" faction, whose figures can be used in any squad. Players agree on a point total (100, 150, and 200 being the official standards) and create a squad that does not exceed the chosen point total for one of the following formats:

  • Light Side vs. Dark Side: Players make a multi-faction squad with one player representing the light side (Old Republic, Republic, Rebel Alliance, New Republic) and the other representing the dark side (Sith, Separatists, Empire, Yuuzhan Vong) Fringe may belong to either side.
  • No Faction: Players make a squad using any combination of characters.
  • Sealed: Players open a predetermined amount of Starters and Boosters and make a No Faction squad with the miniatures contained inside.
  • Draft: 4 or more Players each open one of three booster boxes at a time, select one miniature inside and pass the box to the next player. The Players then make a squad out of only the miniatures they draft in this way. This can be played No Faction or Factions, if multiple players have the same Faction, they are termed as No Faction for play.
  • Dynamic Duo: Players design a 100-point squad, made up of exactly two characters whose combined point total equals exactly 100. Founded by Boris the Dwarf.
  • Tile Wars: Players follow the rules for Free-for-all, but instead of using maps, both players must bring and use a legal tile.

After players agree on a point total and play format and build their squads, one of several play maps representing different locations of the Star Wars Universe is chosen and set up. The maps feature a one inch square grid overlay that indicates where characters can move, as well as being used to determine range and the ability to see a target. Different maps influence the game in different ways. For instance, the map included in the Revenge of the Sith Starter represents the interior of a battered starship, with small hallways and rubble-filled rooms, but is considered[citation needed] the only "huge-friendly" map as it is the only one where a huge character can travel from one starting area to the other. Currently, the official maps are:

All maps except for the 2 Hoth maps, Endor, and Korriban are allowed in sanctioned 100 and 150 point play. Starship, Invisible Hand, and Rancor Cave are the only legal maps in sanctioned 200 point games.

The objective of the game can vary, but in standard play the winner is the player who earns an amount of victory points equal to or greater than the Squad limit or the player with the most victory points when a tiebreaker is called (no characters have made offensive actions in 10 rounds). Players score victory points equal to the cost of characters they defeat. In a variant designed to discourage players from hiding, known as Gambit format, players also score 5 victory points at the end of every round in which they have a character within 4 squares of the center. Gambit format is the format used in sanctioned tournaments.


CombatEdit

Combat in the game is similar to other tabletop games. A 20-sided die (or D20) is used to determine if an attack succeeds and is also used for various other checks throughout the game. In the case of an attack, the D20 is rolled and its final value is modified by the attacker's bonus and other circumstances of the attack (e.g. a target in cover). If the total is greater than or equal to a figure's defense, that figure takes damage. When a figure has taken damage equal to or greater than its hit points, that figure is defeated and removed from play.

Distinguishing featuresEdit

Star Wars Miniatures has several unique differences that separate it from most other tabletop games. There are Force Powers, which are used by Jedi, Sith and other Force users and can devastate lesser figures. These also have Force ratings, which allow them to make re-rolls to failed attacks or defends, move 2 squares extra and also to use their Force powers. There are also Commander Effects, possessed by the various leaders in the Star Wars universe (Darth Vader, General Veers, Padmé Amidala - among others). Commander Effects confer bonuses, enhancements or other special abilities to their allies on the battlefield, although a few commander effects have negative results. Characters also come in different sizes with Small and Medium characters taking up 1 square, Large 4 (2 by 2), Huge 9 (3 by 3), and Colossal (anything bigger than 3 by 3; the biggest so far is the AT-AT, which takes up 6 by 12 squares).


Set themesEdit

Each of the released sets focuses on different aspects of the Star Wars history, and some sets may be more desirable than others based on this fact.

Rebel StormEdit

Being the premiere set of the game, Rebel Storm focused on the struggle between the Rebels and the Imperials throughout the classic Star Wars trilogy. Only characters from the three original movies (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) were included, with the exception of Mara Jade, Emperor Palpatine's personal assassin.

Clone StrikeEdit

Clone Strike represented the struggle between the Republic and the Separatists at the dawn of the Clone Wars consisting of figures from The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones films as well as figures from the Clone Wars Animated Micro Series. Clone Strike was the first set to be taken out of print, and many of its pieces are especially sought after for that reason.

Revenge of the SithEdit

Revenge of the Sith was based on the movie of the same name. Characters from the final movie in the Star Wars saga were introduced in this set, with the exception of the young Boba Fett, who only appeared in Attack of the Clones.

UniverseEdit

Universe is a set that spans the entire Star Wars chronology, ranging from The Phantom Menace to the invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong. This is the first set to feature a substantial number of individuals from the Expanded Universe as well as Huge figures (particularly large figures that take up a 3 inch square area on a map).

Attack on EndorEdit

Attack on Endor reprinted figures (Stormtrooper Officer, Stormtrooper and Scout Trooper) as well as the AT-ST (which is also in the Universe set) from older sets that were present during the Battle of Endor.

Champions of the ForceEdit

Champions of the Force introduced the Old Republic and Sith factions, and mainly takes place during the Great Hyperspace War and Sith War of the Star Wars timeline but overall covers all eras of the Star Wars Universe. Includes figures like Luke Skywalker and Exar Kun as well as Dark Jedi.

Bounty HuntersEdit

Bounty Hunters has a focus on the Fringe faction for the most part, featuring the underworld of gangsters, bounty hunters, mercenaries, and a new faction the Mandalorians plus some Republic, Separatists, Rebels, and Empire, with less emphasis on Expanded Universe figures. It includes 11 huge figures, rather than the 10 included in Universe.

Starship BattlesEdit

This is the name for the stand-alone space combat game released in November 2006. This game is centered around starship combat. Players control starships (fighters and capital ships) rather than individual characters. The Starter set (MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) $39.99) includes the Executor Class Star Dreadnought Executor (from the Galactic Civil War Era) and the Mon Calamari Star Defender Viscount (from the New Jedi Order Era) along with eight randomized ships. The boosters (MSRP $19.99) contain 7 randomized ships from all eras. There are 60 different ships to collect. In this new expansion, different rules apply. Squads are divided into a Dark or Light side faction, and recommended squad size in a free-for-all is about 300 points. There are ships and fighters from all six movies.

Alliance and EmpireEdit

This set celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga with a collection of miniatures inspired by the original Star Wars film. Figures are drawn from the landmark films to the computer games and the novels. The set pits the Rebellion against the Empire in battles to decide the fate of the galaxy. The 60 miniatures in this anniversary edition have square bases to commemorate the 30th anniversary. Each miniature's base has the Star Wars logo on the front.

Rebels and ImperialsEdit

This set constitutes a re-release of selected minis from previous sets, focusing on characters from the original trilogy. The set consists of 24 miniatures, and was released in packages of two figures each.

The Force UnleashedEdit

This set was released in November 16, 2007. The set contains figures that are based on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed videogame.

Battle of Hoth Scenario PackEdit

A Target exclusive scenario pack, bundled with a bonus Bounty Hunters pack (only in the U.S.), it featured 16 various figures from the Battle of Hoth in Episode V, plus one exclusive General Veers holo figure.

Legacy of the ForceEdit

Released March 28, 2008. This set includes figures from the Hyperspace War to the Legacy era. The majority of figures are drawn from the Legacy comics or the Legacy of the Force novels, though a few are also drawn from the Tales of the Jedi and Rebellion comics.

Knights of the Old RepublicEdit

Released August 19, 2008. This set mainly includes figures from the Old Republic era, including iconic figures from the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords video games and the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comics.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Battles Scenario Pack Edit

This scenario pack was released in October 18, 2009. It was a Target exclusive set in the U.S. and featured 10 miniatures (5 exclusive minaitures) from the Clone Wars era.

The Clone WarsEdit

Released in November, 2008. The set based primarily on the Clone Wars film and television show released in 2008. It is the first set to have the 40 character setlist.

Imperial EntanglementsEdit

This set was released on March 17th, 2009. The set focuses on Episode V and VI as well as the Expanded Universe surrounding the original trilogy.

Jedi AcademyEdit

The Jedi Academy set was released on June 30, 2009. This set consists of 40 figures from the Original Trilogy era, the Prequel Trilogy era, and the Expanded Universe and is centered around Force Users.

Galaxy at WarEdit

Released on October 27, 2009. This set features 40 different miniatures, 16 of them being from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Dark Times Edit

The Dark Times set was released on January 26, 2010. It consists of 40 figures.

Masters of the Force Edit

The Masters of the Force set was the last Star Wars Miniatures set released by Wizards of the Coast. It was released on April 6, 2010 and featured 40 different miniatures.

Destiny of the Force Edit

The first of the virtual sets produced by SWMGamers.

CollectabilityEdit

The game includes miniatures printed at four different levels of rarity: Wizards of the Coast Rarity Symbol - Common "common", Wizards of the Coast Rarity Symbol - Uncommon "uncommon", Wizards of the Coast Rarity Symbol - Rare "rare", and Wizards of the Coast Rarity Symbol - Very Rare "very rare". Each set is packaged in individual booster packs of miniatures, which in turn came with 7 random miniatures (1 rare or very rare, 2 uncommon, and 4 common). On average, one in three booster packs included a Very Rare instead of a normal Rare.

Popular characters from the movies are typically Rare, while less well known characters from other sources and the most powerful movie characters are Very Rare. An increased cost to produce a figure will increase its rarity.[10]

In the Universe set, special Huge miniatures were introduced, with a "footprint" nine times that of a typical figure. Each booster pack came with 1 rare, 1 huge figure (of random rarity), 2 uncommons, and 3 commons. This was the first set in which it was possible to get 2 rares in the same pack.

Other products include starter boxes which are prepackaged to include certain figures. The Rebel Storm Starter Set comes with Luke Skywalker, Rebel and Darth Vader, Dark Jedi, along with a randomized assortment of figures. The Clone Strike Starter Set comes with Jango Fett and General Kenobi and a number of randomized figures. The Revenge of the Sith Starter Set comes with General Grievous, Supreme Commander and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master, as well as two Clone Troopers and two Super Battle Droids. A new starter set consisting of reprints contains Obi-Wan Kenobi (Rebel Storm), Darth Vader (Revenge of the Sith), Rebel Captain, Rebel Heavy Trooper, Elite Stormtrooper, Heavy Stormtrooper and a Korriban and Trade federation cruiser map. The Attack on Endor Scenario Pack comes with an AT-ST, a Stormtrooper Officer, Stormtrooper and Scout Trooper.

Playing onlineEdit

Among several other supported tabletop games the VASSAL Engine provides a module that allows playing the Star Wars Miniatures game online with gamers around the world.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Rebel Storm" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  2. "Clone Strike" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  3. "Revenge of the Sith" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  4. "Universe" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  5. "Champions of the Force" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  6. "Bounty Hunters" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  7. "Starship Battles" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  8. "Alliance and Empire" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "AT-AT Imperial Walker Colossal Pack" (in English). Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-05-25.
  10. "...they strive to make things Rare which people will recognize visually from the Movies, characters from the comics and novels who the vast public will not recognize (like Thrawn) will most likely be Very Rare,.... ...this is still dictated by the cost to produce (undercuts, translucent bits, etc.), so sometimes things get bumped up in rarity." [1]

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